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Photography Fortnightly #52

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 9:27 AM

“Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.”- Helen Levitt

Firstly - new layout courtesy of StudioLoftMedia's Journal skin! What do you think? Easier to read? Harder? No change? Thoughts and feedback appreciated!

I suppose one of the most intriguing news stories the past few weeks has been the announcement by some Restaurants in the USA that they will be banning food Photography! Some claim that it's because of the flashes going off in restaurants and spoiling the mood for other customers. Others are angry that some professional photographers are making money or getting a name for themselves by sharing images of food that someone else has 'arranged.' And then there are the few that don't like the instagram snaps floating around that don't show their dishes in the best light. But what are your thoughts on the matter? One way of getting around the lack of being able to take a photo of your dinner is that some establishments are going to allow guests to photograph their food before it leaves the kitchen...discuss! Full article here.

Sweets For You by karwahe

General Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Firstly, the exciting news is that we now have a Conceptual Community Volunteer! Stepping into the awesome shoes that DemonMathiel left behind is astridle! So send your suggestions to her!

Check out the beautiful Tilt Shift Photography feature from dekorAdum. Have you tried tilt shift or explored the art here on dA? It's well worth a look! Adam has also put together a General Photography DD feature too. A member of our Photography community here on deviantART has had a book published. xMEGALOPOLISx has published a book of Photography - read more about that here. Also within the Photography galleries 3wyl has been busy as usual and has written
All snapped up! and To be seen. Both are articles featuring photographers here on deviantart! Our usual DD roundups have been published for the month. Check out  mine here and 3wyl's here.

Tutorials wise, we've brought a couple of troubleshooting articles to you the past few weeks. The first was particularly useful for those UK based deviants who experienced all the snow last week! Check out How to Photograph Snow for some hints and tips. Then we summarised this years (and a few of the latter part of last years) camera phone releases to see what's best for which. Check that out here. A final troubleshooting article that we released is also really useful and focuses on Capturing Landscapes.

lover by JunJun510

Contests and Challenges on deviantART

If you've got a regular challenge going on, or a contest you'd like to see featured then let me know! It'd be great to include it in this article. Photography based only where possible please.
:bulletblack: Reinterpretation Contest! from WintersRead
:bulletblack: Still-Life-Stills are hosting another contest! Check it out over at the group.
:bulletblack: Head over to Abstract-and-Surreal today for the monthly contest to be announced!
:bulletblack: There may still be time to enter the Feedback for favourites Contest today!
:bulletblack: PeopleAndPortraits are having a 'Love' theme throughout February! Check out the group for more info.

News + Events from Chats

  • Wednesday 6th February:
    Photography Games Night with Kaz-D + 3wyl in #CommunityRelations. Bring your camera, bring your inspiration and come along for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
    Starts at 12 PM PST—check your local time here.

  • Wednesday 6th March:
    Photography Games Night with Kaz-D + 3wyl in #CommunityRelations. Bring your camera, bring your inspiration and come along for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
    Starts at 12 PM PST—check your local time here.

  • Wednesday 3rd April:
    Photography Games Night with Kaz-D + 3wyl in #CommunityRelations. Bring your camera, bring your inspiration and come along for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
    Starts at 12 PM PST—check your local time here.

Spotlight Deviant Pixel-Spotlight

Most well known for her Fashion Photography, Merry also has some fantastic landscape shots within her gallery that really caught my eye this week. Thus she's the featured Photographer and also proof that us volunteers don't just showcase you loads of work within the galleries that we're looking after!!

Grasslands by Pixel-Spotlight
Tangled by Pixel-Spotlight
The Path by Pixel-Spotlight

Spotlight Group PhotographLove

I recently joined PhotographLove as an admin thanks to a kind invite from the founder. The group is one of the hottest photography groups on dA with a member base of over 24,000. It's well worth heading over and checking it out as the group is being revamped with lots of new things coming your way.

my eye by cupcakemonique
Fading Christmas by cdpstudios
Hoax by cupcakemonique

The past few weeks have been filled with lots of articles exploring all sorts of topics as part of our regular Community Weeks - with 2013 in full swing the team over at PE are working on bringing you some brand new features and keeping the group ticking over for another fantastic year. If you fancy getting involved just shoot the group a note! Check out the roundups from the past two weeks!

Surprise Community Week Wrap UpHello everyone!
The Surprise Community Week scheduled for January 21st to January 27th is now over! We would like to help everyone involved for their effort and dedication they put into these sensational articles that are a great addition to our community :clap:
Here is the recap of this Surprise Community Week:
Introducing #Arts-and-Health: interview with founder, Aeirmid by Arichy
5 reasons to believe in yourself by jane-beata
The 365 Photography Challenge: How to stick at it! by Kaz-D
Community Week Wrap UpHello everyone! :wave: 
The Community Week scheduled for January 14th to January 20th is now over! We would like to help everyone involved for their effort and dedication they put into these sensational articles that are a great addition to our community :clap:
Here is the recap of this Community Week:
Close-up photography feature by dragonfly-oli
The power of context by jane-beata
How to fix animation "Trailing" in gimp by IceXDragon
Tips on How to Earn Points by SongOfLives

Photography month has drawn to a close and with it lots of valuable information has been shared into the History of this fantastic art form. Flash & Animation month kicks in now, so head on over for lots of fantastic articles and check out the roundup of Photography month below!

Art History Photography RoundupBefore we hand over the reigns to Film + Animation, firstly a huge thank you goes to all who contributed this month to make Photography Art History pretty awesome! We've talked about famous photographers, famous photos, people here on deviantART who are making history by getting published in the present day - we've brought you colour features, interviews, historical facts and much more! Here's a roundup of all the articles submitted during the past month...
Colour Feature: YELLOW by STelari Famous Photographs: Lunch Atop A Skyscraper by Kaz-D Nom Nom 29# by Kaz-D Thoughts about Photography - part 1 by lintu47 Friday Feature: Issue 007 by arctoa Colour Feature: GREEN by STelari Famous Photographers: Dorothy Bohm by Kaz-D Saturday Spotlight: Volume 007 by arctoa
Photography - Sunday Interviews by maytel Art History : MC Photography Chat Live by DistortedSmile Long-Exposure Photo Feature by dekorAdum
Thoughts about Photography - part 2 by lintu47 Food Photography - back to basics by Kaz-D Famous Photographers: Clyde Butcher+The Everglades by Kaz-D Colour Feature: RED by STelari Friday Feature: Issue 008 by arctoa Photography Fortnightly: Edition Fifty One by Kaz-D
Nom Nom 30# by Kaz-DSaturday Spotlight: Volume 008 by arctoa Tilt-Shift Photography Feature by dekorAdum Still Life Photography by 3wyl :thumb347747

Abstract + Surreal Photography

Community Volunteer arctoa

Since the last update, arctoa has worked hard to feature a variety of Daily Deviations in the genre, and his January Daily Deviation Report is available here. His Friday Feature of recent discoveries has two more editions, with Issue 008, and Issue 009 now online. Finally, his well-received Saturday Spotlight artist interviews continue: Volume 008 with Megalithicmatt and Volume 009 with PsycheAnamnesis being the latest showcase instalments.

Around the groups, Abstract-and-Surreal is now holding a vote for their January Shapes contest and an editorial about Why Surrealism is Art was published in affiliation with ArtHistoryProject. h-e-u-t-e is a new group founded this month with the aim to collect the best abstract, minimal, conceptual or surrealist artwork on deviantART. non-real is hosting a poll to determine their featured artist for next month, and Ode-to-simplicity released Square'ish LXXV: a feature for square art. Finally, WhoNeedsColour put forth their monthly feature, which can be read here.

Winter's Day by MarcinBera

Artistic Nude + Fetish Photography

Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine

Nyx-Valentine has put together another feature for Artistic Nude and Fetish Photography! The theme this time around is Outdoors. You can check out the full feature here *includes mature content*.

When the snow set in by Aisii

Darkroom Photography

Community Volunteer RockstarVanity

Have you been confused when categorising your Darkroom submissions? Or perhaps just when you're browsing you've noticed something that seems to be in the wrong place? Well RockstarVanity has written a fantastic article explaining the differences between Darkroom Traditional and Darkroom Digital.

La chica del metro by ensilencio

Fashion Photography

Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight

Fashion This Week is out once more and focuses on some of the more recent submissions to the Fashion Photography gallery! This week I wanted to highlight a fantastic Fashion Photographer here on deviantART - if you're looking for some Fashion inspiration and work to aspire to then check out :devkylegavin:!


Macro Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

I stumbled across some beautiful macro shots this week in an article about a Macro Underwater Photographer who captures the unseen beauty of Corals.
Serdar-T is a fantastic Macro Photographer worth checking out this week if you want to browse some Macro Galleries here on deviantART.
Simplistic beauty combines with subtle lighting and blur to create beautiful close ups of interesting flowers.

Morning Star by Serdar-T


Community Volunteer xbastex

Reccomended Artists is out again and focuses on some deviants within the Photojournalism community that are well worth checking out for their talent and expertise in the area! A roundup of January's Photo-journalism Daily Deviations is out now!


Pin-Up + Glamour Photography

Community Volunteer DistortedSmile

Lush! is out again and features some of the works that get suggested to DistortedSmile for daily deviations. Check out the talent in the article! DistortedSmile has also put together the History of Pinup and Glamour Photography which is an interesting read!

Old Jazz by girltripped

People + Portraits Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

Kendra-Paige has announced the Photographer of the Week over at PeopleAndPortraits - Check it out here! We had some no entries to the January Challenge over at the group. But that hasn't deterred us - we've also announced February's challenge so head over and check it out here!

Ela by WarLord1986pl

Still Life Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

3wyl has written a Still Life Photography Article which explores the art form and helps explain it a bit more. The Recipe challenge winners for last month have been announced and the new recipe challenge is up today so head over and take a peek! The past few weeks, we've done a Breakfast Feature and a Sweetie Feature! Our next challenge and last months winners will be announced today so be sure to watch the group!

childhood memories by SusanneBlass

Street Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

The Street Photography position is still open over at communityrelations so if you're interested why not consider heading over and getting an application in now?  StamatisGR has put together  Friday Night Specials once again featuring some fantastic artists from within the Street Photography galleries. StamatisGR is also running the Street Photography Challenges and you can check out more info on the eighth here.

shibuya interaction by SimonSawSunlight

Urban + Rural Photography

Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl

This previous has month has seen an increase and a variation in Urban and Rural Photography Daily Deviations from us both. Don't forget that you can suggest anything within the Urban and Rural Galleries to 3wyl and I. We've also put together a few more urbex articles. The latest one focuses on an exploration of The Shard in London - read more about that here.

Gods Make up kit by gilad

Photography Resources

This one is costly (a little) this edition, but it's worth it if you want the sort of information that it offers you. It's an App called Focalware and is £2.99 currently on iTunes. If you want to know the exact position of the sun and moon at any location, any day, any time, then the focalware app is a fantastic solution. It helps with calculating the path and height of the sun and moon and allows you to determine where light and shadows will fall. Even if you don't need it for Photography, it's a pretty handy thing to geek out over!

Another resource with the anti-instagrammers of you out there will absolutely loathe, is Pixlr-o-matic for iphone. Thanks to DpressedSoul for bringing it to my attention! It boasts over 2 million combinations to make your photographs better, how can you NOT want it?! Check it out and have a play, share the results if you have some!

ScENeYmE is taking us Back to Basics with some excellent Photography based articles giving tips and information about the basics of composition.

News + Events From the Forums

:bulletblack: Getting rid of a 5d markii going for 1d mark iii
:bulletblack: Non-Digital Point-and-shoot camera?
:bulletblack: Cold weather shooting.
:bulletblack: Choosing Lens - help
:bulletblack: Product and Food Photography
:bulletblack: Does ANYONE still use FILM?
:bulletblack: Nikon Lenses/Extensions?
:bulletblack: Great First Camera In YOUR opinion
:bulletblack: Is the DSLR a dying breed?
:bulletblack: Close up question
:bulletblack: Internship Questions?
:bulletblack: Photography-related Quotations
:bulletblack: pros and cons of hiring an amateur for wedding photography?
:bulletblack: Cameras Near The Sea
:bulletblack: Not sharp photos even with tripod (canon)
:bulletblack: Composition Help
:bulletblack: Nikon D600 or Canon 6D?
:bulletblack: A Question about Aperture...
:bulletblack: Reading suggestions for somebody who is new to DSLR cameras and photography?
:bulletblack: RAW or J-PEG????
:bulletblack: New Perspective in your shots? How do you do?
:bulletblack: magazines that can feature your works

Photography Books

The new releases list for 2013 came out last week and so there are lots of awesome Photography books to share for all sorts of tastes. Here's a few that caught my eye:
:bulletblack: London Street Photography By Taschen.
:bulletblack: More than Human By Tim Flach.
:bulletblack: Life through the lens of the paparazzi By Pascal Roustain.

Weekly Features to keep an eye on!

There's so much going on around the community especially for Volunteers that sometimes the awesome news can be missed out. I hope to share any weekly or monthly features that are ongoing here so that you can browse them at your leisure. If you know of something that needs to be listed let me know!

:bulletblue: Birds Sing Sun Rising Hyms from scheinbar
:bulletblue: Stolen Artworks? from DianaGrigore
:bulletblue: Making a Difference from 3wyl
:bulletblue: dA Love for Everyone from lintu47
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: Under 1,000 Views from L0NE-W0lf
:bulletblue: Intimate, Touching, Emotive. from dragonfly-oli
:bulletblue: Blue and Yellow from Canankk
:bulletblue: Weekly Light Hunters from MarcosRodriguez
:bulletblue: Wishing Well Weekly from TeaPhotography
:bulletblue: Fashion Friday from dekorAdum

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl

Architecture: AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: arctoa

Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart

Conceptual astridle

Darkroom: RockstarVanity

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror + Macabre + Cosplay: pullingcandy

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism: xbastex

Groups to Check Out!

:iconstill-life-stills::iconshopping-for-stock::iconphoto--assignment: :icongothictemple: :iconblackwhitephotos: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens::iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics: :iconpeopleandportraits: :iconphotographlove: :iconprojecteducate: :iconarthistoryproject:

Get Involved...

You can get yourself into Photography Weekly just by sending me a note! Each week I look for:
:bulletblue: Spotlight Deviants
:bulletblue: Underappreciated Deviants
:bulletblue: Spotlight Groups
:bulletblue: Photography related news
:bulletblue: Themes +Topics
:bulletblue: Featured Tutorials

Photography Weekly Header created by TouchedD + CSS created by StudioLoftMedia of PhotographLove

What are your thoughts on the latest news circulating about restaurants in the USA that want to ban people photographing their food? How do you like (or not like) the new layout of Photography Fortnightly? Read about a deviant that has recently had a book of photography published, find out which contests are hot this month and read about each of your favourite Photography areas of deviantART and the latest news! After you've done all that - don't forget to :+fav:!!!!
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DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Itti Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are the restaurants who are claiming that it's because of flash banning all photography or just banning people photographing the food? Because plenty of people take photos of their friends and so on that they're having dinner with. Everyone crowding round for a group photo, with one person standing up (in the way of the waiters) taking the same photo with five different cameras... that seems way more disruptive to me than someone in their seat quickly snapping a shot of their dinner before they eat it!

I read the article you linked to and one person said There’s no way you’re going to take a beautiful shot of food in a dimly-lit restaurant, which seems a valid point, and much more credible than the previous reason. The counter-argument would of course be that if ALL the photos of food are ugly, then it's not really very likely to put people off.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's part flash, part secret stealing :nod: I think :nod: I think that's way more disruptive too! It's quite silly really.

Well yeah, it's not like I'll go in and set up my lighting, tripod and all sorts :B i admit that would be taking it a step too far perhaps :giggle:
Itti Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Damn, that made me laugh! Yes, I was rather assuming it would be people sitting at the table :giggle:
CarolineCherry Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
LOVE the new layout!!
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent news!
claremanson Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm far too shy to ever consider taking food photography in public anyway.
If i was a chef I probably would not be happy about other people claiming credit kind of thing for their food in the form of photography after spending so much time and effort on it as most of the time the place of photography is not credited.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm the same really :nod:
L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I love the new skin! It's so much more easier to read, and the colored headings are lovely (but should include purple like the article heading). Great article again, and thanks for including me!
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